MI Code Official Legal Descriptions

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Approved for 2 Hour Administration for Plan Reviewers

State Approval #18305 – Credit(s) earned upon completion of this course will be reported to the State of Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth: Bureau of Construction Codes/ Building Division. Certificates of Completion for both Code Officials and non-Code Officials will be available to print upon completion of this course.

 

 


Course Description

Legal descriptions, as the name implies, are the way and means by which real property, or real estate, is legally identified, conveyed, assessed and taxed. When real estate is transacted, it is the legal description that uniquely describes and identifies the property involved in the transaction and all of its appurtenances. Legal descriptions are used in all types of transactions, not just those involving the sale or purchase of real estate. Legal descriptions are used in deeds of conveyance, mortgages, claims of title, leases, title insurance policies, easements, etc. To do this effectively, an adequate understanding of legal descriptions is necessary. This two hour video course describes the history of legal descriptions in the state of Michigan.

 


 

LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS

Metes and Bounds (20 minutes)

1. Introduction

a. Metes and Bounds
b. Survey System
c. Subdivisions

2. Metes and Bounds

a. POB
b. Distances
c. Directions

Assessment: 5 questions

 

Survey System  (15 minutes)

1. History

2. Survey System

a. Principal Meridians
b. Base lines
c. Range lines
d. Township lines

3. Michigan Survey History

a. Townships

Assessment: 5 questions

 

Numbering System (20 minutes)

1. Examples
2. Practice Questions

Assessment: 5 questions

 

Subdivisions (45 minutes)

1. Methods
2. Land Division Act

a. Subdivision
b. Condo
c. Division
d. Exempt Split

3. Bonus Splits

Assessment: 5 questions

 


 

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